Several hundred members and supporters of opposition parties Nidaa Tounes, al-Masar, and al-Joumhouri protested on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis earlier today, calling for the fall of the current government.
Organizers called for the demonstration following the death of local Nidaa Tounes leader Lotfi Nagedh in Tataouine on Friday during a scuffle with members of the Committee for the Protection of the Revolution.
Carrying Tunisian flags and banners that read “No to violence” and “No to political violence,” the protesters peacefully marched along city’s main avenue and up to Human Rights Square.
The protest was substantially smaller than expected.
“We came here because we are fed up. We want to say ‘no’ to ignorance. We want to say that we are done with their policies and that Tunisia is ours,” said Atef Mersni, a young woman at the protest.
“I came with my colleagues to demand the inclusion of the social requests of revolution in the constitution. The request are employment and regional development,” said Thamer Siyoudi, a member of the far-leftist Popular Movement.
A small counter-protest assembled along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, calling Nida Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi a “germ.”
Written by Myriam Ben Ghazi, Kevin Ivey, and Paul Rosenfeld